The Bird & the Bee, "Interpreting the Masters Volume 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates"

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Hall & Oates have always been deemed a guilty listening pleasure based on their late-'70s/early-'80s string of omnipresent chart-toppers. On a new tribute album to the pair, Los Angeles-based pop duo the Bird & the Bee (comprising singer Inara George and multi-instrumentalist/producer Greg Kurstin) deliciously immerse themselves into such Hall & Oates hits as "Maneater," "Rich Girl" and "Private Eyes." Aside from arrangement updates and catchy synth touches, the Bird & the Bee play it straight as George fetchingly channels Hall's vocal groove. Colored by Kurstin's juicy keyboard backdrop, she smoothly moves her way through an electronica-drenched take on "I Can't Go for That," a sweetly multitracked harmonic rendition of "Sara Smile" and a lush version of "Kiss on My List." And the sprightly Bird & the Bee original that opens the set, "Heard It on the Radio," expresses the group's love for FM radio as it pays homage to Hall & Oates.